No foreign tours for Govt MPs, officials
The Government has ordered all its Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers, Ministry Secretaries and Heads of Departments to refrain from undertaking any official, unofficial or private overseas tours from 12 November to 10 December. This is in view of the presentation of the 2022 budget to Parliament on 12 November and the vote taken at the end of its third reading on 10 December. These details had been conveyed to all Ministry and State Ministry Secretaries by way of a circular dated 13 October by Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundera.
According to sources the President has instructed that since the Ministries, State Ministries, State institutions, private sector and foreign missions are presently liaising with the IMF on technicalities, the respective Ministers, State Ministers, Ministry Secretaries, heads of Departments and State officers should support the Ministry of Finance ahead of the compilation of budget proposals for next year.
Hence, the President’s Secretary has informed that foreign missions overseas could liaise with the IMF via the aforesaid sectors when seeking its input ahead of the formulation of the upcoming budget. Hence, the President’s Secretary has advised the Ministry Secretaries to brief the aforesaid people not to undertake overseas visits during the aforesaid period unless for an urgent tour. After the presentation of the budget on 12 November the vote on the second reading is set to take place on 22 November at 4.00 pm. The debate is set to last from 23 November to 10 December and each day a vote is slated to be held concerning each of the Ministries.